Sepsis Deaths Can be Reduced by 20 Percent with Global Action

13 Sep 2019

For Immediate Release 

September 10th, 2019 

On World Sepsis Day, September 13, the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging all health systems, policymakers, healthcare workers, and civilians to develop a concerted effort on sepsis prevention, diagnosis, and management to save lives. 

Mortality rates for sepsis, one of the most widespread and deadly medical conditions in all parts of the world, have decreased by at least 20 percent through collective action in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as in lower- and middle-income countries, such as Brazil. 

“We call on all nations to commit to the goals and key targets to reduce sepsis deaths globally by 20 percent by 2025,” said Prof. Dr. Konrad Reinhart, President of the GSA and Professor at the Center for Sepsis Control and Care at Jena University Hospital and Charité Berlin, Germany. “In order to achieve this, all nations need to ensure that sufficient treatment and rehabilitation facilities, as well as trained staff, are available for the care of sepsis patients.” 

Prof. Niranjan Kissoon, Vice President of the GSA and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia, and Executive Medical Director of Global Health added, “It is imperative that sepsis be a child health priority in all nations because of the lingering and disproportionate societal and economic burden sepsis inflicts on children and infants.” 

In addition to reducing the deaths from sepsis by at least 20 percent, other key goals for all countries include: 

  • Increasing sepsis survival for children, newborns, and adults in all countries through the promotion and adoption of early recognition systems and standardized emergency treatment. 
  • Monitoring the time taken for sepsis patients to receive standardized interventions, antimicrobials, and intravenous fluids. 
  • Tracking and reporting the survival rates from sepsis, both in individual countries and an international registry. 

Consult the Official document here